The Royal Exchange is to be transformed into a major new food and drink destination. The theatre’s restaurant, bars and cafe will be overhauled to become The Rivals, named after the Exchange’s first stage production in 1976. Meanwhile, kick back in the luxurious Great Hall when it becomes home to an indoor beer garden. Expect some urban cool amid the venue’s stunning architecture: this dramatic renovation is fronted by Goska Langrish and Coronation Street actor Rupert Hill, the team behind the award-winning Parlour in Chorlton among other venues. There’ll be a new menu and a revived drinks offer with cask ales and craft beers, plus space to host a range of live events. The indoor beer garden will launch alongside the new season of shows on Thursday 31 August, while The Rivals restaurant and bar will open to the public on Thursday 14 September.
From Thu 31 Aug, The Royal Exchange, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH. Tel: 0161 833 9833, www.royalexchange.co.uk
Published on: Sun 30 Jul 2017